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Starting a New Job in Tech

What is HTML All The Things?

HTML All The Things is a web development podcast and discord community which was started by Matt and Mike, developers based in Ontario, Canada.

The podcast speaks to web development topics as well as running a small business, self-employment and time management. You can join them for both their successes and their struggles as they try to manage expanding their Web Development business without stretching themselves too thin.

What's This One About?

This week, Matt and Mike discussed what starting a new job in tech is like. Since many tech jobs deal with large teams and complex projects, there is a lot of onboarding that needs to happen to get you set up as a new team member. This includes things like getting access to git repos, your email address, and more. In addition to project management to-dos like understanding the team's organizational structure like SCRUM, when they do their standups, how sprints are scheduled, and so on.

Show Notes

  • Signing the offer
    • Don’t be afraid to negotiate
  • Onboarding
    • Phishing/security tests
    • Get equipment (laptop)
    • Access to internal tools
      • Email
      • Jira
      • Github
      • Confluence
      • CI/CD
      • Etc
    • Setup slack/discord
    • Talk to the team you’ll be working with closely
    • Hierarchy
    • Find out how success will be measured for you
  • Meetings/Task Management
    • SCRUM
      • Sprints
      • Sprint planning
      • Standups
      • Retrospective
      • Backlog
    • Daily standups
    • Planning poker
      • 1,2,3,5,8,13,21
    • JIRA (task management)
      • Talk to the board, know your tasks
  • Codebases
    • Get access to the code bases on git
    • Find the documentation and start setting up your local environment
    • Make sure to get the local environment files (securely)
    • Make edits to the readme’s while you set up the environment
    • Learn the CI/CD workflow
    • Don’t push to production! (Always PR)


  • Ask questions
  • Document answers
  • Write/edit documentation
  • Prompt responses/communication
  • Be ok with receiving critical feedback (ask for it)
  • Contribute to the codebase as quickly as possible
  • Own your tasks
    • If you need clarification ask
    • Find out how your task impacts the project as a whole
    • Be vocal with blockers
    • Set up meetings

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